GPs to improve their service to patients
23 July 2007,
23 July 2007
UTRECHT – Not only should it be easier for patients to reach their GP by telephone but patients should also be able to actually visit the doctor’s surgery in person more easily. This conclusion was reached by the Netherlands Health Care Authorities (NZa) in a report that was presented on Monday.
The NZa has concluded that many GPs can scarcely be reached after 3.00 p.m.. That is why many patients go straight to hospital, which makes health care more expensive.
In 2006 government reached agreements with family doctors about, among other things, improving the service to patients. Doctors should be held accountable for good quality. The Nza believes that doctors can still do a lot to improve their working methods and organisation. The parties will meet shortly to reach further agreements.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news